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AMUS 901: Museum Studies Capstone

Resources for capstone research, Summer 2020.

Library Session Outline

Information for the research session May 28, 2020.

Presentation Slides

Online Access

You will be able to access most library resources from wherever you are by logging in with your GU NetID and password. Follow the instructions on the Off Campus Access page for details.

For summer 2020, Georgetown University Library Covid-19 Updates & Resources gives the latest information about the library.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a Zoom research consultation, please contact me at I look forward to working with you.

Major Art Resources

The main resources for finding scholarly articles in art history and museum studies are listed on the Art, Art History, & Museum Studies research guide. Depending on your topic and focus, you may need to go beyond these to explore additional research guides.

From Topic to Search

1. What is your research question?

  • Phrase your topic as a question.

  • Make your question specific.

  • Example: In what ways have blockbuster fashion exhibitions built audience engagement with art museum programs, especially with young professionals?

2. Find background information about or context for your research question.

3. Decide on a keyword strategy for searching.

  • List nouns, synonyms or related terms, and phrases that describe your topic

  • Example terms list: blockbusters, fashion exhibitions, young professionals, art museums, audience, engagement

  • Example search: (audience or professionals or young adults) and blockbuster exhibitions and engagement

  • More terms = more specific, fewer results

    • Fewer terms = more general, more results

4. Find books and articles.

5. At any stage, Ask Us or make a Research Consultation appointment.

Citation and Organization

Organizing your work will help your writing process and help you create a successful research project.

  • How much time do you have? Use this Assignment Calcuator to stay on track to complete your project on time.
  • What style manual do you need to follow? Check with your instructor. Common citation styles are APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago. Quick explanations are on the Citations Tools page.
  • How will you save your citations? Use the "cite" feature available in several databases, such as JSTOR, to capture the citation information. Be sure to copy the stable URL. 

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